So what are probiotics anyway, you may ask? Well, think of it this way, antibiotics mean “to destroy life,” probiotics literally means “life giving.” Antibiotics kill all bacteria in your body — they throw out the good with the bad. Probiotics help to re-instate the good bacteria into your system. Considering that some foods contain antibiotics these days if they are not organic (especially animal sources), you may be getting a dose as you eat. So how do you replace the good “flora” in your stomach that affects your body so positively? It protects and defends your body. Without them, your immune system suffers. When your immune system suffers (which is the defense system of your body) you are more susceptible to infections (think viral, bacterial and fungal), allergies, stress and infiltration of toxins. The body is weakened. To strengthen the body, it is important to keep a balance of the “good” bacteria such as probiotics.
Unfortunately, not all probiotics are created equal. I am going to share one of my favorite probiotics from JigSaw Health. Why is it a favorite? It contains more in one capsule which is a great value for the cost. It does not contain FOS which could cause digestive disturbances. It is helpful to keep it refrigerated but not necessary if I want to take it on a vacation with me or in my purse to a restaurant and it can be shipped to me without concern about it sitting in a postal truck on the way to my home. Some of the best probiotics I can get at Wholefoods require refrigeration to survive and I cannot take it with me.
Jigsaw Health has a special processing that preserves the probiotics. Here is a quote from their site about their product, “During manufacturing, each capsule is individually freeze-dried and each bottle is nitrogen-sealed, to ensure the highest quality product is delivered to your doorstep. Once they arrive, follow the simple instructions we include, and your supply will maintain its potency and stability for up to two years.”
Probiotics help keep you healthy. They are imperative if you have a fungal infection such as the Candida I’ve suffered from but it can help protect you against allergies, bacterial and virus infections as well because it builds up your immunity.
You might say that you can gain the same thing from eating yogurt. You can gain probiotics with yogurt, however, I’ve found it is very hard to find commercial yogurt that does not have the addition of sugar added to it. Refined sugar cause the bad bacteria to multiply. I know it feeds fungal overgrowth. You can make your own yogurt but it would not have the amount of probiotic strength that this supplement has. Also, some people are lactose intolerant and this would especially be a good solution for you if you are lactose intolerant.Click on the following banner and enter “FREESHIP” in the code when you order.
I called the company to find out if I could take more than the highest recommendation on the bottle which is three capsules a day. They highly recommended that I not do this because it could cause a digestive upset. For therapeutic measures, three a day is the limit. For maintenance, I take one a day, in the morning at least an hour before breakfast. It’s best taken on an empty stomach. I have taken up to three a day when I am battling allergies or an infection. To keep infections at bay during cold and flu season it may be helpful to take one in the morning and one in the evening before bedtime.
Would you like more reading to answer questions you may have or to get additional, in-depth information regarding probiotics? Jigsaw Heath has some great articles. Check out “Probiotics, the New Antibiotics?”
Surprisingly, it has been helping my husband with his upper respiratory allergies. Wish I had read this article from JigSaw Health earlier, “Have Allergies, Fix Your Gut With Probiotics.”